Australian artist, Eddie Wentorf developed a love for bronze as a sculptural medium at a young age. Formal training in commercial design, and extensive foundry experience led him to open his own foundry.This bronze platypus is a limited edition bronze. the bronze platypus is diving and is mounted on a base.
With his sons, David and Robbie, he produces a wide range of bronze Australian animals, including the bronze platypus in their family-run foundry in Tasmania, Australia. Eddie and his sons now produce a wide selection of Bronze, priding themselves in the accurate representation of the Australian Fauna.
Eddie Wentorf Bronze skillfully employs a traditional Foundry casting technique to produce an exquisite range of bronze Australian animals. Every cast is unique. Each piece is first produced in wax that is then coated in a ceramic slurry to build a shell of 5mm thickness. The wax is removed under steam pressure and the ceramic shell fired to 1000° Celsius to remove the wax and vitrify the shell. Molten bronze is then poured into the shell. After cooling, each shell is sandblasted off to reveal the bronze. Each piece is patinated, polished and clear coated.
Bronze is a medium which is durable and lends itself to the sort of detail that Eddie Wentorf employs. The larger pieces are limited editions of 50 and all the smaller pieces are made from casts which are regularly reworked.